Wednesday 25 April 2018

Tots do their bit to help Merryn

Lauren Bolton and Kate Mullen McNally at the Balrothery Montessori pyjama day
Lauren Bolton and Kate Mullen McNally at the Balrothery Montessori pyjama day

John Manning

CHILDREN in Balbriggan and Balrothery have raised money for little Merryn Lacy to help her seek potentially life-saving treatment in the United States for a rare form of cancer.

A few weeks ago, Merryn's story was featured in the Fingal Independent, which told how the four-year-old from Donabate, who goes to school in Balbriggan is fighting neuroblastoma and has already been through a dozen courses of chemotherapy in an attempt to keep the disease at bay.

Her story has inspired fundraising efforts across Fingal as her family seek treatment for the rare condition in the USA.

The latest fundraising venture for Merryn came from children even younger than herself when two local Montessori schools held pyjama days to raise cash for the little girl's treatment fund.

Margaret Bolger and her sister, Sinead Lawlor run Montessori schools and créches in Balrothery and Bremore Castle and have children of their own who attend the same school as Merryn.

According to Sinead, the sisters heard of Merryn's plight and wanted to do something to help and thought involving the children at their Montessori and créche would be a chance for the kids to help one of their own.

The pyjama days at both venues went very well and the cash made from the venture is still being totted up and will be handed over to Merryn's parents soon.

A fund has been established for Merryn's treatment and fundraisers are beginning to spring up all over Fingal to support the family.

Merryn's father, Michael told the Fingal Independent: 'What helps us is the incredible support we get. That kind of support kind of gives you strength.'

People across Fingal have already stepped up to the plate to help Merryn. On March 1, the Run a Muck Challenge took in Kildare saw 30 brave souls from Platinum Gyms in Balbriggan sign up to take on the challenge for Merryn.

The next big event is a Strictly Come Dancing night for Merryn, dubbed 'Strictly Merryn, in the Wright Venue in Swords on June 7.

Tickets will go sale this month at a cost of €20. Further information on the event can be found on Merryn's Facebook page

Fingal Independent